Last weekend I competed in the second of two races that make up the Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon Series. The distances were a 400 meter swim, a 10 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run, the same course that we ran on July 14, 2012 and which I talked about in my blog Knowing your Weakness is a Strength. Back in July, I completed the course in 55 minutes and 15 seconds. This month I completed the course in 54 minutes and 45 seconds. You know it is funny how even though we know that something is supposed to be the same as it was, something in us when we get in race mode leads us to follow the person in front of us (even if they are going in the wrong direction – I may have to blog about “blindly following our leaders” at some future blog in time). Even though I knew the course was the same I ended up following the runner in front of me on the run course and added an extra minute on this course. So I ran a little farther than some of the other racers, but the time difference wouldn’t have mattered in my age group since I was bested by 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Regardless of this fact, the point of this race is that I went faster than I did just the month prior and that is what I am the happiest about. Of course taking second in my age group (35-39) and 13th overall made this older Triathlete feel pretty good as well (I was third in age group and 22nd overall in July).
Going in the right direction for sure! My next race is going to be the Bakersfield Triathlon – Olympic Distance put on by Kerry Ryan at Action Sports in Bakersfield . This race is about twice a far, but I am hoping this might actually help me out with the final standings. Check out the blog on that upcoming race! here Bakersfield Triathlon .
Similar to the Racing Flat scenario, I have been looking for a new suit to wear during my upcoming triathlons. 18 years ago I would have just worn a Speedo and a running singlet and called it good. Today though, everyone plays every advantage they can. I had been looking at a couple websites and found that the Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Tri Shorts were the ticket for the Sprints. These shorts can be worn to swim, bike, and run and are comfortable and non-restrictive. The chamois inner is thin and small so as to not impair any running strides but supple enough to protect the pubic area from any undue stress. There are other suits out there but they can get a bit pricey, namely one from http://www.desotosport.com/ that I really am thinking heavily about for the future or some longer triathlons, but for the money ($80 Retail) this Tri Short will fit the bill nicely! Thank you again to Kerry Ryan of Action Sports www.teamactionsports.com/ for being there and having these amazing products in stock!
•ELITE Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool™ technology provides superior cooling and reflective sun protection
•Welded hem with silicone
•One back easy access envelope pocket
•TRI quick-dry chamois
•8″ inseam (size medium)
•Not recommended for use in chlorinated pools
Body: 80% nylon 12% Black Lycra® Spandex 8% polyester/ UPF 50+
Side Panel on White and Black Streak: 80% polyester 20% elastane
Time for a new season of Triathlons and every new season deserves at least one new pair of racing flats. I have been looking for the right pair of racing flats for a few months now and I believe I have found them today. The Pearl Izumi Streak II caught my eye as I was walking out of Action Sports (www.teamactionsports.com/) with a time trial helmet and a pair of Tri-Shorts. I had been leaning towards the New Balance Minimus, but when I slid my hand inside one of these bad boys, I was instantly in love. I tried them on and pranced around the store like a little kid at Christmas time. Always an enjoyable sight to see a grown man that happy! And guess what are on my feet right now getting broken in? Yes you guessed it, my brand new pair of Streak II’s. I highly recommend picking up a pair if they fit your foot well and you are looking for what I feel is going to be a great middle distance shoe. I can’t wait to race in them on Saturday!
And now for the information for running geeks everywhere. See Pearl Izumi’s Streak II web page information below for the particulars of the shoe. I love the particulars!
RACE+TRAIN. The Men’s Streak II is a minimalist runner’s dream shoe. With a low profile, flexible midsole and lightweight upper, the Streak II is light enough for a 5k, but cushioned enough for a marathon. This is your new go–to PR shoe.
RACE LAST- Note this shoe fits 1/2 size smaller than our standard fit. Please order accordingly.
•1:1 Bonded Seamless Upper creates an unparalleled fit with a seam-free interior
•1:1 360° Lacing anatomically conforms to the foot for a tailored fit regardless of foot shape
•1:1 Energy Foam cushions the forefoot upon impact and then returns energy back to the runner
•Outsole combines Outsole-grade EVA and blown rubber outsole combines for great cushioning and weight savings
•Ortholite® sockliner for amazing step-in comfort and long-lasting cushioning
•Recycled lace webbing and laces
•360° degree reflectivity
•Heel/Toe offset: 18.0mm/9.0mm ∆ 9mm
Sizes: 7-13 in 1/2 sizes, size 14
Weight–Size 9: 7.6 oz / 215g